Data aggregation and analytics capabilities are top of mind for healthcare executives in 2020, however obstacles such as lack of data standards and poor data normalization remain, according to the third annual survey from the Center for Connected Medicine (CCM).
In partnership with KLAS Research, the CCM's Top of Mind report examines data aggregation and analytics as technology that harnesses all available data—for informed decision-making and more effective treatments—becomes increasingly vital.
On average, organizations report they are 71 percent of the way to complete clinical integration and 61 percent of the way to full integration—including clinical data as well as claims, financial, and other data sources. Part of the challenge is making that data useful.
As one senior IT director says, “Yes we pull all of that data. The question is whether we have the capacity to use it all.”
There is widespread agreement that the ability to aggregate and analyze data from multiple sources is essential to bettering outcomes and reducing costs, but still standing in the way is limited resources, lack of data standards and poor data normalization, the report says.
“Health systems are moving toward a risk-based world,” said Pamela Peele, Ph.D., chief analytics officer of UPMC Health Plan and UPMC Enterprises. “Having access to complete patient data and analyzing it, keeping patients engaged in their health, and delivering more effective treatments are essential to managing risk.”
“Finding the money to deploy these important technologies, while managing the other financial pressures health systems face, is a challenge for all health care providers,” says Peele, who is a member of the steering committee for the CCM.
Based on a survey of 70 leaders at 65 health systems across the country, the CCM report also focuses on patient engagement and precision medicine. KLAS Research conducted this latest survey over the summer of 2019. Almost half of the respondents were chief information officers, and the rest were at the executive and director level.